Mabon, which takes place at the autumn equinox (Sept. 20-23), is the completion of the harvest begun at Lammas. Once again the day and night are equal as the God prepares to leave the body and begins the great adventure into the unseen, toward renewal and rebirth of the Goddess.
It is a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The Autumn Equinox (Mabon) divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops.
Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.
Mabon is also sometimes known as the weavers festival. The braiding of cords is done in the process of casting a spell to add to one’s life from what it is, each person weaving unto themselves what they wish and the coven as a whole weaving all the cords together to unite the power and efforts symbolically.
Symbols of Mabon – wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty, corn dolls and God’s Eyes.
Herbs of Mabon – Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, wheat, valerian, witch hazel and skullcap.
Deities of Mabon – Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Demeter, Persephone, Brighid, freyja, Vesta, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes and The Green Man.
Incantation for Mabon feast:
Bless this bounty before us
for which we are thankful.
We have so many blessings
for these we are thankful.
Yet others must live without
by this we are humbled.
We make this offering in their name
to the gods and goddesses who watch over us,
that those in need someday
are blessed as we are this day.
Incantation for Balance:
Equal night and day
we celebrate the balance of Mabon,
and ask the goddesses and gods to bless us.
For that which is bad, there is good.
For that which is hopelessness, there is hope.
For that which is pain, there is love.
For that which has fallen shall rise again.
May we find balance in our hearts and in our lives.